El Greco

By: Ellie Mullin Block 4


Born: in 1541 in Crete, Greece

Died: April 6, 1614 in Toledo, Spain

El Greco seemed to live in many different places during his life. He was born in Crete, Greece, but visited places like Rome and Venice for educational and artistic purposes. He eventually decided to settle in Spain. During his education, he was said to be pupil of Titian in a letter sent to Cardinal Alessandra Farnese, asking that the young man be given lodging in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. El Greco had a very different lifestyle. He had very broad, humanistic interests and always had a taste for idealism. He also, like said before, traveled and visited many different places in his early stages of life, which exposed him to new ways of living, seeing and creating. As a result of all the inspiration growing up, El Greco developed very mature art. He was known for showing emotional expressionism and also, being a religious painter, visionary nature. He was also a master portraitist. Some of his works include: Purification of the Temple, Stigmata and Giullo Clovio. El Greco's most well known patron was Master Domenikos. Greco's art showed idealism and classicism. This is because in most of his paintings it seems as though they were influenced by the classical past, and have a lot of columns/arches that are very detailed and elegant. Also in Greco's art, it shows a sense of "perfection" and the unchanging of the material world.

"The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind"

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The Work

The name of the piece I chose to research is called "The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind." This piece was created in 1570, but today you can find it in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or any books that are about renaissance art/artists and or God. The significance of this piece is explained by the religious aspect behind it. In the painting, it shows Christ healing the blind, which is one of the major stories about Christ that may be in the Bible. This piece really shows us the beauty and detail behind that story line and helps us get a better view. To me, this piece is could be meaningful to many people who takes these sort of topics close to home. Also, it is very detailed, spirited, bright and somewhat perfect to the human eye. The painting shows us a landscape of one of the biggest stories in religious history, therefore is sacred to those of us who care. In this piece, classicism and naturalism are shown. I know this because it has history, elegance, form, detail and an architectural background behind it. Also, it has a very natural appearance and catches the moment as it is when people are in action. "The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" really caught my eye. it was colorful, beautiful, soft and eye catching to me. It has history and a story behind it which is something i look for in art.